Historic royal crest to be reinstated?
By Tonbridge Courier | Friday, February 22, 2013, 08:00
MYSTERY still surrounds the whereabouts of an historic crest which was erected to mark Queen Victoria's stay in Tonbridge.
The regal arms of Queen Victoria's mother, Princess Marie Luise Victoria, commemorating the pair's frequent visits to the Rose and Crown Hotel, a 16 century coaching inn, has been missing from the porch for more than a year after it was taken down to be refurbished.
The Courier reported in October how Tonbridge Civic Society and local residents called for its return.
On Friday it seemed something might be stirring when a grey tarpaulin was draped on the porch where the crest once stood proud.
But hotel staff could not comment on exactly when the monument could be making its long awaited return.